A Message by George Carlin: The Paradox of Our Time

A Message by George Carlin: The Paradox of Our Time

I read this “message” roughly once a year to remind myself of what matters most and to remain grounded as possible. It’s incisive and deeply profound. Enjoy, share, and reflect. Comedians are the smartest and most perceptive people on the planet, in my opinion, like creative polymath Jim Carrey. They see the truth, as displayed in the message below, and put a coat of humor on it to ease the delivery and bypass our mental biases.

A Message by George Carlin

The Paradox of Our Time

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space.
We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.
These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Chemical / Toxin Mitigation – Complete List of Tips

  • Ozone and UV light generator to clean pool instead of Chlorine
  • Think Dirty app: scan cosmetic products for their toxicity/chemical level
  • Fractionated coconut oil and Almond oil is great for massage, toxin-free.
  • Dr. Mindy Pelz: Knowledgeable resource
  • Deuterium is bad for you. Solution: Massage and ketogenic diet. http://www.cignaturehealth.com
  • Rainbow Vacuum (best vacuum for indoor air pollution and improving indoor air quality which is an 80/20 on health)
    • Air Purifier
      • Attach water basin and run on low or high, taking cover off.
      • Can run all day but check water once a day.
      • Aromatherapy: Put a cotton cloth on the back end airway piece with a couple drops of an essential oil.
    • Vacuum
      • General
        • Use other hand to carry the tube so the tube doesn’t drag on the floor.
        • Use lever to turn off suction if you are caught on something.
        • Dump water out and fill with clean water when water starts to get thick.
        • Takes 10-30 minutes to clean carpet, depending how dirty. Use water as an indicator.
    • Carpet
      • Water works well as a cleaner, since carpets/rugs already have soap in them.
      • Stains: AFM SafeChoice is a great non-toxic option for a cleaner
      • For new carpets/rugs, use AFM Safechoice Lock Out to keep the hormone disrupting petro-chemicals trapped in and prevented from off-gassing.
      • Use a gallon plastic container with holes poked on the top of the lid and squirt out water/cleaner as you vacuum.
    • Upholstery: Use small T-shape nozzle (upholstery tool) without removable other shell for more porous surfaces like drapes when air can pass through.
    • Hardwood floors and walls (small particles all over from dry filter vacuum): large T-shape end
    • Hard to reach places like coils of refrigerator: Small nozzle + long tube
    • Pillows, cushions, etc.
      • Inside: Place items in blue bag, and use upholstery tool to suck air in and compress the pillows. Then move nozzle to exhaust to clean air out. Repeat a few times.
      • Outside: finish by using the upholstery tool to clean the outer surface of the items.
    • Wet wash clean hard floors: use RainJet
    • Carpeted stairs, mattresses, furniture, and car seats: use Rainbow Mate
    • Basin reaching maximum capacity (when sucking up spilled liquid): gurgle > shake > automatic power off.
    • Blow up things (balloon and deflate: small nozzle with point
    • To blow are out: attach tube nozzle to exhaust in back.
    • Maintenance
      • Cleaning Separator: Take off water basin and clean the removable yellow underpart in center of main system (detachable brush on perimeter to use) monthly.
      • Cleaning Filter: Use knife on bottom of filter to pry off. Get a super blower and blow around the inside of the hole that faces in the rainbow (not the external sponge-like opening). Wipe around the inside and blow. So you are blowing in the direction that the Rainbow blows.
      • Clean surfaces where nozzle attaches and around Separator on inside.
    • Storage1.DO NOT leave water basin on as the water will evaporate and ruin the engine.
    • Questions
      • Water level
      • Cleaning: above the bubble
      • Low level: below the level so it doesn’t gurgle
      • Does the air purifier function humidify or dehumidify the air?
        • Normalizes it, depends on how humid the air is, works in the reverse direction.
      • How is it that you can leave the humidifier on 24/7 without damaging the engine but just leaving it on off is bad?
      • Air circulation so the water flows through
      • Do I have to buy the Rainbow cleaning solution for the RainJet, or what else do you recommend
        • Vinegar diluted or just water.
      • What do I do with the Rainbow Customer Registration? Fill and return? Do I need to do that to get the warranty coverage?
        • Fill out when you decide to keep it.
  • Dr. Chris Shade is the expert in mercury and heavy metals testing/detox.
  • Cytodetox for full cell full binding detox.
    • CytoDetox™ should be taken on an empty stomach.
    • Begin taking 10-20 drops in the morning and 10-20 drops at night. Take drops under tongue and swish for 30 seconds before swallowing. NOTE: If uncomfortable detox symptoms occur, decrease dose to 5 drops in the morning and night (or less).
    • Wait to eat or drink for at least 10-15 minutes before and after taking the drops.
    • For best results, cycle the product. Take CytoDetox™ morning and night for 7 days in a row (a 7 day ON cycle) and stop for 7 days (a 7 day OFF cycle). Continue this 7 day ON and 7 day OFF cycle until bottle is finished.
    • Support products:
      • Enhance and accelerate detox by adding intracellular glutathione (in the morning) and activated charcoal (at bed time). Here are the products we suggest that may be taken in conjunction with CytoDetox™:
      • Support healthy minerals levels. During detox, minerals may be pulled, and mineral deficiencies can occur as a consequence. To avoid mineral gaps, we suggest adding multi-mineral support during OFF cycles: MIN multi mineral plus
  • Use Tilex mold spray weekly to kill mold and mildew in showers.
  • Air Quality
    • Great air filters
      • Iq air
    • Use Out-gassed or used furniture. Put out in sun for weeks for new
    • Most of the toxicants (man-made toxins) are in the air we breath. Therefore clean air makes the biggest impact. (solution: Rainbow).
    • Closeness to busy roadway is correlated with infertility and autistic children. If you can’t move counteract with a good thousand dollar air filter
    • Avoid carpets as they Harbor dust and toxicants. It’s worth it to rip and replace
    • Air pollution is very unhealthy. Lowers IQ etc.  put car in air recirculate mode when driving in cities. Avoid biking in big cities. Move away, ideally. Take lots of vitamin c, several grams, to counteract.
    • Buy used cars. Avoid sitting in new cars as the pleasant “new car smell” is actually poisonous off-gassing.
  • Use a vacuum that uses water the trap the particles over a dry filter vacuum which doesn’t trap dust and particles as well. Best Vacuum (use water based, not dry filter which just blow small dust particles out and also get clogged up fast): Rainbow Vacuum.
  • To avoid off-gassing, take carpet or rug outside in sun and let it roast.
  • Shower before and after chlorine exposure (pool) to prevent formation of worse compound chloramine. High dose vitamin c / antioxidants before or after.
  • Infrared sauna is one of the few ways to detox heavy metals. Be sure it is low in EMF and ELF.  Clear light is a good brand.
  • DET is unhealthy insect repellant. Healthy alternative is vanilla extract mixed with olive oil. Cintranilla is another option, can buy natural options. Lemongrass. Eating garlic.
  • Male fertility has dropped all over the Western world. Sperm counts have fallen by half between the 1930s and 1990s and an additional third since 1904: http://www.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323394504578607641775723354
    • Avoid Xenoestrogens (aka parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol)
    • Use fabric/bamboo/glass instead of vinyl shower curtain
    • Replace your plastic shower curtains. Use natural cotton or nylon curtains such as Bean Products Pure Cotton Shower Curtain or Excell Home Fashions Ultimate Nylon Shower Curtain or Liner.
    • Rather than dry cleaning, use wet cleaning if that’s an option near your home. Tell your dry cleaner not to use the plastic wrap or remove it as soon as possible, since the plastic traps the dry cleaning chemicals on clothes and in your closet. Let your dry cleaning air out (preferably outside) before you put it away.
  • Phthalates (or suffixes DEHP, DEP,  DBP,  BzBP, DMP), which are found in
    • PVC (often used for water/plumbing pipes)
    • Scented candles
    • Air Fresheners
    • Plastic clothing
    • Tablecloths
    • Soft plastic toys
    • Flexible plastic products such as shower curtains
    • Vinyl products
    • Medical devices such as tubing and intravenous bags
    • Bottled Water
      • For plastic water bottles use:
        • High-density polyethylene, labeled as “#2 HDPE”
        • Low-density polyethylene, labeled as “#4 LDPE”
        • Polypropylene, labeled as “#5 PP”
    • “Nalgene” water bottles
    • PVC #3
    • Polycarbonate #7
  • Condoms contain chemicals. Use petrochemical free (e.g. Sir Richard’s brand)
  • Keep windows open during the day to maximize light which helps mitigate bacterial and fungi growth.
  • Styrofoam is bad, and is especially permeable with MCTs. Avoid styrofoam cups.
  • Dryer sheets are very toxic. That clean smell is petrochemicals. Use wool dyer balls, and/or a cloth soaked in white distilled vinegar in the dryer as healthy alternatives.
  • Avoid wall to wall carpet in home as it collects allergies, mold, etc.
  • You inhale chlorine when you shower. Use a filter and/or take cold showers for less stream inhalation. Aquasana is a good brand. Chloramine vs. chlorine used in some municipalities, so also need vitamin C filter on shower too to block chloramine.
  • “Non-toxic” detergents often contain aluminum as a bleacher. Bad. Use Molly’s soap suds.
  • Oxybenzone is endocrine disrupting. Avoid sunscreens with it.
  • Natural Home Cleaning Products
    • Lemon – a natural acid that is effective against most household bacteria.
    • Borax – Despite it’s “scary” name, Borax is simply sodium borate. It cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, and is good for cleaning painted walls and floors.
    • Washing Soda – also known as “SAL Soda”, this is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a natural mineral. It cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs.
    • White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and removes wax build-up.
    • Oregano Oil – (mix with lemon and water)
    • Uses:
      • Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water.
      • Carpet Stains: Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.
      • Laundry Detergent: Mix 1 cup Ivory soap, with 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax.
  • Zip-It Drain Clean: chemical-free and inexpensive way to de-clog your drain
  • Deodorant: Coconut-based deodorant (crystal/mineral stones may contain aluminum).
    • Aubrey Organics E Plus High C is a good brand
    • Primal Pit Paste (not as effective for me)
  • Dust Mite Mitigation
    • Use a wet towel/mop to clean floor of dust, which mitigates dust mites.
    • Use latex pillows, over polyester.
    • Don’t make your bed in the morning.
    • UV light kills dust mites: expose your linens to sunlight as much as possible
    • We sweat a lot during the night and it needs to air out to mitigate the moisture on the bed.
    • Mitigate moisture / limit humidifiers
  • Glass bottle spring water is best to avoid BPA’s
  • Hardwood (not cedar or pinewood) sauna and steam room are great for detoxing as you sweat the toxins out.
  • If possible, use organic sheets to completely avoid chemicals. Bamboo is treated with chemicals as well but it is hypoallergenic to mitigate dust mites.
  • Upgraded activated charcoal to detox. Good for after eating at a restaurant and after traveling (traveling upsets your gut biome).  It is best to take it between meals and a few hours after using any vitamin or mineral supplements, as it may interfere with the absorption of these into your body.
  • Regularly get massages to help flush out the toxins.
  • Dr bronners soap for hair and body
  • When buying a memory foam-type mattress: walk on mattress with windows to blow out the stale air and accelerate the ‘off-gassing.’
  • Tartar and plaque build up to the point where it accumulates behind your bottom teeth is an indication that you are being exposed to excessive levels of mycotoxins. Make sure you are eating a diet with minimal mold and mycotoxins
  • These vinegars do not violate California’s Prop. 65 limits for lead. All were tested by the supplier in 2007, except for Archer Farms, which was tested in 2009:
    • Barengo Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Acetum Star B Quality Two Leaves Imported Balsamic Vinegar,
    •     6 percent acidity
    • Best Choice Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar,
    •     6 percent acidity
    • Big Y Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Excellence Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Holland House Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Nakano Seasoned Rice Wine Balsamic Blend Vinegar, 4 percent acidity Barengo Red Wine Vinegar, 7.5 per acidity
    • Albertson’s Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Fancifood Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Chef’s Review Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Great Value Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Safeway Select Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Western Family Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Holland House Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Domestic Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • S & W Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Western Family Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Acetum 4 Star Quality Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent
    • Wegmans Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Western Family Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Best Choice Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Barengo Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Albertson’s Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Shaw’s Balsamic Vinegar Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Nakano Italian Seasoned Red Wine Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • FSA Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Chef’s Review Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Katy’s Kitchen Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Pocahontas Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Sysco Classic Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • US Foodservice Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Nugget Red Wine Vinegar, 5 percent acidity
    • Barengo Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • FSA Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Barengo Red Wine Vinegar, 7.5 percent acidity
    • Unbranded industrial/bulk product Red Wine Vinegar, 10 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Red Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
    • Four Monks Premium Burgundy Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
    • Regina Imported Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Regina Imported Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, 6 percent acidity
    • Unbranded industrial/bulk product Red Wine Vinegar, 7 percent acidity
    • Unbranded industrial/bulk product Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Vinegar,
    •     7 percent acidity
    • Unbranded industrial/bulk product Imported Balsamic Vinegar,
    •     6 percent acidity
    • Archer Farms Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
    • Star Red Wine Vinegar*
    • Star Garlic Red Wine Vinegar*
    • Star Red Raspberry Vinegar*
    • Star Balsamic Vinegar*
    • Great Value Balsamic Vinegar*
    • Raley’s Red Wine Vinegar*
    • Raley’s Garlic Red Wine Vinegar*
    • Source: Environmental Law Foundation
Location Independence Simplified: Complete Toolkit for Lifestyle Business, Virtual Companies & Remote Work (Plus A Faster-Than-Typing Solution for Everyone)

Location Independence Simplified: Complete Toolkit for Lifestyle Business, Virtual Companies & Remote Work (Plus A Faster-Than-Typing Solution for Everyone)

The days of costly and rigid business overhead, rent and infrastructure are over. The following is everything you need to run a profitable and simple lifestyle business or to work remotely and still easily communicate with customers, employees/colleagues, virtual assistants, or partners. This will be updated for easiest and most useful technology and apps as I find and use them myself.

*Most relevant for: online-based consultants, coaches, service providers, and people who want to operate a 100% digital/paperless business.

*Note: All non-affiliate links below, and all the services below are very affordable or free.

Communicate Better With Team Members and Customers

Loom: My #1 favorite tool here. A faster-than-typing solution by creating quick videos without having to wait for Dropbox uploads or any other lags. Use to create training videos for your team or review items for your customers.

Zoom: Video conferencing and screen sharing to make phone calls infinitely more productive with team members and clients/customers. I have it on good authority that BlueJeans is easier and better than Zoom, if you happen to need an alternative for video meetings.

Google Drive: Limitless communication and data storing. Create docs and sheets to share with anyone that can be updated by multiple users in real-time.

Basecamp: Project management software if you have multiple team members. Organize and schedule tasks and to-dos without creating an instant messaging and email back and forth zoo.

Skype: Free and simple instant messaging.

ScheduleOnce or Calendly: Automate people booking time on your calendar for prospective and active clients. Back and forth on finding a mutual time is a terrible use of your existence.

Get Help: Virtual Assistance, Delegation, and Outsourcing

Fiverr: One-off transactional help for almost anything without having to manage anyone.

Upwork: More dedicated assistance from part-time to full-time contracted employment. Take advantage of geo-arbitrage and hire people from countries with weaker currencies (equals cheaper labor for you).

Get Paid: Accept Payment Online

The most elegant one-two combination to accept credit card payments and automate invoicing. Note: you need to integrate a Payment Gateway with Stripe; you cannot run Stripe as a standalone product.

Stripe: Payment Processor (siphon payments into your bank account from completed payments)

Payfunnels: Payment Gateway (input credit card info to accept payment)

Lock In What You Sold: Send Business Agreements

Docusign: Sign and send contracts online.

There are always more things you could add, like email-autoresponders and LeadPages, but I consider this the essentials kit. If you need help stringing it all together to make it work for you, post below or shoot me a message. Keep things as simple as possible; there are people crushing it who don’t even have a website.


The Story of the Mexican Fisherman

The Story of the Mexican Fisherman

Wait but why? For what purpose? Below is one of the greatest and most eloquent reminders to enjoy the process and perpetually ask yourself, “To what end?” If you’re solely focused on the future, with no appreciation for the present, you’re all success and no happiness. If you’re fully present with no regard for the future ever, you’re all happiness and no success. Life is a rigorous balancing act, and if you’re anything like me, you lack the latter – overemphasizing the future at the expense of your happiness and presence.

Don’t get swept away in the American mania. Delayed gratification in pursuit of a worthwhile goal is noble. Grinding yourself to the bone and transmuting yourself into a miserable wreck as you chase (probably) someone else’s dream is not.

“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” – Jerzy Gregorek

Enjoy this short story and use it to add awareness to your direction, purported destination, and how you are managing the process.

The Story of the Mexican Fisherman

An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

“How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked.

“Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The American then asked.

“I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs.” The Mexican said.

“But,” The American then asked, “What do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”

“Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?”

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, senor? Then what?”

The American said slowly, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…”

Parting Thoughts

Yesterday I got off a two-hour sales call that should’ve ended in half the time, and he didn’t purchase, meaning I lost and utterly wasted my time. But did I? In fact, I chose to keep the call going, knowing fairly well he was dead-on-arrival, because I was truly enjoying the process (/and his amusing squirrely ass). If you’re doing the right things in aggregate, why fret about the micro setbacks and self-perceived losses?

Easier said than done, but why not try to build this mindset? Even if you don’t give a damn about presence and happiness, and really only care about accomplishing your goals, this will still help you – high energy, optimistic people are more effective at life (don’t just take my word for it, read The Magic of Thinking Big).

Once you’ve rationalized that you will reach your end destination, if there is such a thing, you’re liberated to freely layer in mindfulness and appreciation along the way.

Find you motivator and make it happen. Mine is health. Gratitude and daily mindfulness = better health. The fact that it also allows me to be more productive and effective is simply a welcomed additional perk.

What’s your fish IPO and how are you faring in the process?

P.S. Though you’ve likely seen this, a highly recommend complement to The Story of the Mexican Fisherman: Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen